Archaeology Magazine has profiled the Songo
Mnara project in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue, found here.
The 2011 Field Report is now available to read online:
You can also download it here (PDF, opens in new window).
The results of the 2009 season are detailed in our interim report, available to read online:
(download the 2009 report here; PDF, opens in new window)
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher. 2016. The multiple territories of Swahili urban landscapes. World Archaeology 48.
Sulas, F., J. Fleisher, and S. Wynne-Jones. 2016. Geoarchaeology of urban space in tropical island environments: Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Journal of Archaeological Science.
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher. 2015. Fifty years in the archaeology of the eastern African coast: a methodological history. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 50(4):519-541.
Fleisher, J. 2015. On critical approaches, unintended consequences and the data of everyday life in 'performing towns.' Archaeological Dialogues 22(2):132-136.
Fleisher, J and F. Sulas. 2015. Deciphering public spaces in urban contexts: Geophysical survey, multi-element soil analysis, and artifact distributions at the 15th-16th -century AD Swahili settlement of Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Journal of Archaeological Science 55:55-70.
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher. 2015. Conservation, Community Archaeology and the Archaeologist as Mediator at Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Journal of Field Archaeology 40(1):110-119.
Fleisher, Jeffrey, Paul Lane, Adria LaViolette, Mark Horton, Edward Pollard, Erendira Quintana Morales, Thomas Vernet, Annalisa Christie, Stephanie Wynne-Jones. 2015. When did the Swahili become Maritime? American Anthropologist 117(1):100-115.
McParland, Hayley, and Sarah Walshaw. 2015. Swahili plant use and activity areas at Songo Mnara, Tanzania: a case study at macro and micro scales.Societa dei Naturalisti e Matematici di Modena, Suppl. Vol CXLVI (Proceedings of the IWAA8), 193-195.
Walshaw, Sarah. 2015. Cooking and crafting at Songo Mnara, Tanzania (14th-15th century AD): evidence from macrobotanical remains. . Societa dei Naturalisti e Matematici di Modena, Suppl. Vol CXLVI (Proceedings of the IWAA8), 121.
Fleisher, J. 2014. The Complexity of Public Space at the Swahili Town of Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 35:1-22.
Perkins, J., J. Fleisher, and S. Wynne-Jones. 2014. A deposit of Kilwa-Type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 49(1):102-116.
Welham, K., J. Fleisher, P. Cheetham, H. Manley, C. Steele, and S. Wynne-Jones. 2014. Geophysical Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa: Magnetic and Electromagnetic Investigation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Archaeological Prospection 21(4):255-262..
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher. 2014. Water Management in a Maritime Culture: the Swahili Coast of East Africa. In From Jericho to Cities in the Seas: A History of Urbanization and Water Systems, Series 3, Vol. 1, Terje Tvedt and Terje Oestigaard, eds. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 240-258.
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher. 2014. Swahili Urban Spaces of the Eastern African Coast. In Making Ancient Cities: Comparative Perspectives on Origins, Form, and Function, K. Fisher and A. Creekmore, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 111-144.2013
Fleisher, J. 2013. Performance, monumentality and the 'built exterior' on the eastern African Swahili coast. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 48(2):263-281.
Wynne-Jones, S. 2013. The Public Life of the Swahili Stonehouse, 14th - 15th centuries AD. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 32: 759-773.
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher 2012. Coins in Context: Local Economy, Value and Practice on the East African Swahili Coast. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(1):19-36.
Sulas, F. and M. Madella. 2012. Archaeology at the micro-scale: micromorphology and phytoliths at a Swahili stonetown. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 4(2):145-159.
Pollard, E., J. Fleisher, S. Wynne-Jones. 2012. Beyond the Stone Town: Maritime Architecture at fourteenth - fifteenth century Songo Mnara, Tanzania. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 7(1):43-62.
Fleisher, J. and S. Wynne-Jones. 2012. Finding Meaning in Ancient Swahili Spaces. African Archaeological Review 29(2/3):171-207.
Fleisher, J., S. Wynne-Jones, C. Steele, K. Welham. 2012. Geophysical Survey at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania. Journal of African Archaeology 10(2):207-220.
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher 2011. Archaeological Investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2011, Nyame Akuma 76:3-8. Download article (PDF, opens in new window)
Stoetzel, J. 2011. Archaeological Survey of Songo Mnara Island, Nyame Akuma 76:9-14. Download article (PDF, opens in new window)
Wynne-Jones, S. and J. Fleisher 2010. Archaeological Investigations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, 2009, Nyame Akuma 73:2-8. Download article (PDF, opens in new window)
Fleisher, J. and S. Wynne-Jones 2010. Kilwa-type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania: New Finds and Chronological Implications, Numismatic Chronicle 170: 494-506.
PHD DISSERTATIONS WITH SONGO MNARA DATA
Quintana Morales, E 2013. Reconstructing Swahili Foodways: The Archaeology of Fishing and Fish Consumption in Coastal East Africa, AD 500-1500. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol.
Perkins, J 2014. The Coins of the Swahili Coast, c. 800-1500. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol.
Stoetzel, J 2015. Towards a Swahili Historical Ecology: Phytolith-based Analysis in Coastal Eastern Africa since AD 600. Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
The 2009 season of research at Songo Mnara was presented in a session entitled 'Urban Space and Social Memory at Songo Mnara, Tanzania' at the PAA/SAfA meeting in Dakar, Senegal, Nov 2010. PDF versions of the papers presented are available here.
These are not to be cited without the authors' permission
- The Swahili House revisited - Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of York (PDF, 2.5mb)
- Between Mosque and House: An Archaeology of Swahili Open Space - Jeffrey Fleisher, Rice University (PDF, 1.3mb)
- Seeing red: geophysical survey and the spaces of Songo Mnara - Kate Welham and Harry Manley, Bournemouth University (PDF, 2mb)
- Developing intrasite geoarchaeology at Songo Mnara - Federica Sulas, University of Cambridge (PDF, 1.5mb)
- Local ceramics from Songo Mnara, Tanzania - Abidemi Babatunde Babalola and Jeffrey Fleisher, Rice University (PDF, 0.75mb)
- Plant Remains from Songo Mnara: Preliminary Results from Fieldwork and Laboratory Analyses - Sarah Walshaw and Dominic Pistor, Simon Fraser University (PDF, 1mb)
- Songo Mnara: a case study in Swahili induced intertidal aggradation - Jack Stoetzel, University of Virginia (PDF, 2.4mb)